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Definition of "cumin" [cum•in]

  • An annual Mediterranean herb (Cuminum cyminum) in the parsley family, having finely divided leaves and clusters of small white or pink flowers. (noun)
  • The seedlike fruit of this plant used for seasoning, as in curry and chili powders. (noun)
  • Black cumin. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cumin" in a sentence
  • "We're not in the north where the cumin is more predominant."
  • "I made this bread-machine recipe for light rye bread today, and mistakenly put in cumin seeds instead of caraway."
  • "Actually cumin is what makes soutzoukakia differ from meat balls."